Chamber Symphony – what, no more Yamaha synths?

April 16, 2010

Q: I am helping with technical details for an upcoming performance of the Chamber Symphony.  We met yesterday to review the score, and I couldn’t help but notice the score calls for a Yamaha SY77 keyboard, of which we happen to have one.
Is it still viable to use that keyboard for this piece?  It would greatly simplify our lives if it is still an option.   I’m looking at other options, but would love it if we could use the SY77.

A: Chamber Symphony was originally composed in 1992 and called for a Yamaha SY (SY77 or SY99) synthesizer. As this series of Yamaha keyboard is no longer available, we have adapted and migrated the patches to Kurzweil samplers, as well as the Kontakt software sampler.

Currently, you have two options 1.) Kurzweil keyboard sampler version or 2.) software sampler version (for Native Instruments Kontakt).

1.) Kurzweil keyboard sampler version:

Please make sure the Kurzweil sampler has the required amount of sample RAM or our custom samples will not load properly. Tech requirements can be found here.

If the software, sent by Boosey along with the parts, is damaged in transit you can download it. Please contact Boosey for details.

Once on Boosey’s download server, you will notice a full K2000 bank folder as well as floppy folders. For the floppies, you can copy their contents onto PC formatted floppy discs, from any PC with an internal floppy drive, or USB floppy drive. Mac and/or PC’s are universal here, just make sure to use DOS formatted media. Please make sure not to change the file names. As an alternative to floppy, you can copy the “full” bank onto a ZIP cartridge, or sim, larger PC formatted media.

2.) The second option is the Native Instruments Kontakt (currently version 4) software sampler. To download our custom Kontakt multi bank , please contact Boosey. Kontakt tech requirements can be found here.

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